TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

Mayor Steve Guy and Police Chief Tim Miller discussed traffic issues that have increased on Park Hill Drive because of work being done on the Cross Street Bridge. There is a picture of the bridge work, which was scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

John Tanksley of Newcomerstown reported that an article about him shooting a black bear was not accurate and said he had to shoot the bear in self defense after the bear charged his house.

Newcomerstown’s East School plans an open house for kindergarten and first grade.

Beth Dulaney of Newcomerstown is filling in for Newcomerstown News Editor Niki Wolfe, who is expecting her first child.

Mr. and Mrs. James (Joann) Williams of Newcomerstown are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Nicole White, a 2008 graduate of Newcomerstown High School, graduated from U.S. Air Force basic training.

Deaths: Wilma Lawver, 81, Newcomerstown; Mary Belle Smith, 97, Newcomerstown; Alfretta Eileen Eggleston, 86, Columbus; Luella M. Mulvane, 97, Newcomerstown.

Rose Marinucci, daughter of Jim and Myra Marinucci, was selected to sing with the Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.

Ann Jones Balas was named parade marshall for the Kimbolton Homecoming.

A story noted the original "Price is Right" sign from the long running television show has now found a home at the Unusual Junction. 

Nineteen teams from the local youth league programs are pictured in The News.

Steve Lower of Newcomerstown completed his first stint as an official for the United States Track and Field Olympic Trials held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The West team defeated the East, 18-6, in the annual Times-Reporter Charity All-Star Football Game. Justin Snell of Newcomerstown had a touchdown, Nick Snell of Newcomerstown had two catches for 66 yards, Ridgewood’s Eric Pitcher had two catches and Jesse Maloy of Ridgewood also had a catch.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998

Campaign launched for toll-free calling from the Newcomerstown and Port Washington area to the Tuscarawas County seat in New Philadelphia.

Bob Zontini resigned as head football coach at Indian Valley High School in Gnadenhutten after 16 years of coaching in the Indian Valley district.

Pioneer Days in Gnadenhutten set for July 31-Aug. 2 Candidates for Princess were Molly McConnell, Christina Naylor, Danielle Long, Alicia Huyghe, and Krisa Beachy.

Married: Kim Hardesty and Lewis Wilburn

Deaths: James G. Ayres, 41; Olive G. Williams, 90; Lula M. Ham, 88.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988

Robyn Worthington named queen of Cy Young Celebration.

Dr. W.R. Agricola, Newcomerstown, being honored for 50 years of medical practice at the 38th Annual Scientific Assembly and House of Delegates of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians in Toledo.

Buckhorn Grange at Wolf awarded membership recognition to several members including: Mrs. Walter Fenton, Laurence Gaskill and Helen Lahmers, 64 years; Mrs. Claude Mizer, 63 years; Mrs. Majorie Randles, 60-year Green Patch; Mrs. Ira Arth, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Murphy, 55-year White Patch; and Eugene Murphy, Glen Shaw and Lorin Palmer, Golden Sheaf 50-year awards.

Married: Wendy Sykes and Richard Babcock, June 25; Renee Elizabeth Robinson and Douglas McDorman, July 16.

Deaths: Ernest E. Huff, 85; Stanley C. Mizer, 81; Benjamin F. Hootman, 88; Wilburn "Wib" Norman, 68; Robert E. Riley, 60; Edith I. Rausch, 94.

 

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978

Load limit reduced nearly in half to eight tons on deteriorating Coshocton Co. Rd. 9 bridge west of Newcomerstown. County commissioners considered either repairing the existing structure or constructing new $2.5 million bridge.

National Nudist Council to hold 26th national convention at Whispering Winds nudist camp near Gilmore Aug. 2-6.

Violet Emslie Knox, LaJolla, Calif., fomerly of Newcomerstown, won the Catriona Dow Award in national writing competition sponsored by Creative Arts Guild of Cleveland, Tenn. Her juvenile story "Digity Dog" also won her Best of Contest.

Debra Baker, representing Indian Valley South, and Dixie Jewell of Buckeye Joint Vocational School Future Farmers of America groups attended the week-long National FFA Leadership Convention in Washington, D.D.

Married: Laura Jean Wilson and John M. Putnam, June 17; Debra Sue Hinds and Larry Allen Prysi, July 8; Brenda Lee Rose and Gregory L. Watson, July 15; Rev. and Mrs. O.E. Ghere, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary.

Deaths: Earl Sayre, 69; Clayton Smart, 33; Jennifer Lynn Arnold, infant daughter of Gary and Frances Truex Arnold; Mary Horn, 77; Edgar A. Pickett, 66;  Jimmy E. Walker, 41; Dan D. Ott, 26; Frances Eichenlaub, 89.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

New Tuscarawas County Kent State University Branch opened in New Philadelphia.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held opening Silco Store, corner of River and Main streets.

Lake Shore System petitions to operate bus service through Newcomerstown.

Lightning struck Tower Antennas Inc. amplifier boxes and Ohio Power equipment causing minor damage.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Reed, Newcomerstown, injured in three-car crash in Florida, and Mrs. Reed’s mother, Mrs. Edna Gengnagel, 73, of New Port Richey, Fla., died from injuries in the crash.

Deaths: Austin A. Timmerman, 70; Miss Nora Knowles, 91; Mrs. Nellie Cox, 62; Harry L. Angle, 78; Mrs. Homer (Frances) Swinderman, 63.

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958

High school football coach Jack Morton resigns.

Jaycees clear newly acquired land at Cy Young Park.

Married: Joann Walters and Ben Wiley; Mary Rush and Preston Hannahs.

Deaths: Mrs. James Fogle, Leroy Tompkins, Carl W. Kedigh, Cathleen Norman, John W. Cox, Kenneth Barnett.

 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948

Joseph Mulvane estate listed at $116,326.89; town gets $3,105.

Bakersville to mark 100th year.

Miss Helen Gefeller, Mrs. Margaret Carr, Mrs. Clarence Chance and Mrs. Blake Moniger attend BPW convention at Ft. Worth.

Deaths: James Howard, 65; Daniel J. Thomas, 84.

Married: Miss Dorthy Kincaid and Woodrow W. Portz; Miss Lelia J. Jones and Paul Stewart.

 

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938

Miss Elizabeth Shull and Robert Patterson married at New Philadelphia.

Woodrow Wills, athletic coach at local high school, married to Betty Jean Higgins at Athens, O.

 

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928

W.M. Brode Co. awarded contract for paving N. College St.

Henry Portz, 75, retired farmer, dies at home of his daughter near Everals.

L.A. Sticker sells barbershop in Central Hotel to Lawrence Tidrick.

T.J. Stahler, 58, dies in Marion Hospital following an operation.

 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

John George, 80, retired farmer, dies at his home on W. State St.

Mrs. Frank Johns and her Sunday School class of the Lutheran Church motor to Tuscora Park for a picnic.